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Who knows what you’re supposed to do if you fall into quicksand?
That’s right – stay relatively still.
Maybe slow movements as you start to pull yourself out.
But slowness and minimal movement is key.
We all know this.
I heard it many times in my childhood.
I’ll be honest though, it’s turned out to be less of a problem in adulthood than I was expecting.
Most of life is the opposite though.
We become more stuck by staying still.
“I’m feeling stuck” is a common phrase.
We’ve all said it.
When we don’t quite know what to do to change the situation we’re currently in.
The body, the energy levels, the job, the relationship, etc.
Or, probably more likely, we know perfectly well what to do, we just don’t seem able to do it.
The key, of course, to getting ‘unstuck’ is movement.
We’ll never get out without that.
There’s a total amount of movement that needs to go into any getting ‘unstuck’ in any situation.
But we sometimes feel we need to do the equivalent of doing that all in one go.
Tearing ourselves vigorously free by going from zero workouts a week to six.
By eating like an athlete.
Doing every bit of work that needs to get done in one day.
Either fixing that relationship straight away or walking out on it.
And when we can’t do those things, we find ourselves doing nothing.
But little movements add up.
The equivalent of wiggling our foot to start to get it out.
A single workout.
A single better food choice.
They all add up.
And we build momentum.
We may get to the point where we’re completely ‘free’ and things are exactly as we’d like.
We may stay a bit stuck but be moving.
But movement is the key.
Little ones, big ones, whatever we can manage ones.
It’s not quicksand.
The answer is the exact opposite to staying still.
Jon ‘Stockholm’ Hall